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Old 09-27-2012, 06:31 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steelers’ run game off to worst start in 62 years

Maybe we aren't doing well in the ground game because Haley is not that concerned with it? (just speculating)

Do you honestly care if we win by throwing the ball 50 times a game, or if we win by a "three yeards and a cloud of dust" scheme? Our offense is hardly struggling right now.

When you have an offense that features:

Big Ben (elite QB)
Heath Miller (elite TE)
Mike Wallace (fastest WR in the NFL)
Antonio Brown (first WR to pick up 1000 in the air and 1000 in kick returns)
Jericho Cotchery (savvy veteran)

Why, oh why, would you be concerned with handing the ball off to:

Isaac Redman (injured groin)
Jonathan Dwyer (backup RB that shows some skills)
Chris Rainey (who?)
Baron Batch (who?)

In my mind, the only reason we are running the ball at all right now, is because Haley realizes what Arians did not-- you have to at least make the opposing defense defend the run, even if it is not getting you the production you need. It is all about keeping the opposing defense honest.

Right now, we are a pass-first offense, because that is the personnel we have. We ran the ball so much during preseason probably to throw other teams off.

The reason we are 1-2 right now is not on the offense. Not being able to protect a late 14-point lead on the goddam Raiders falls squarely on the defense. The offense has produced points, kept Ben upright, and eaten up the clock like crazy. Our defense then lets opposing QBs score TDs on a couple big plays. That is nothing that having a running game will fix.
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